It’s finally here and we love National Allotment Week. We are really proud of our market gardening heritage in Biggleswade and want to share our knowledge and facts so that we can encourage more people to eat healthier and grow more fruits and vegetables in their little spaces.

Where did it all start?

In 1929, the term allotment was used to describe a piece of land used for a specific purpose such as market gardening and was promoted during the war with the ‘Dig For Victory’ slogans. In the 60’s and 70’s demand for allotments declined but due to media interest and a boost towards healthy eating and food heritage, plots have once again become popular.

Get creative and grow your own!

If you are lucky enough to have a plot or want to create your own, it can sometimes be a bit daunting to get started.

With a bit of thought and advice from books and the internet you really can let your imagination run wild!

It’s a good idea to break down the plants you would like to grow into separate categories.

  • Fruits/vegetables/flowers or herbs

Then start to list what you would like to produce, remember to grow things you like!

Come and talk to us!

During the week we will have lots of facts in and around our allotments to help get you started – maybe a few jokes too! You will also have an opportunity to speak to our Head Gardeners and pick their brains!

We have a great selection of plants available for sale at the mill shop and lots of guide and support on our website

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Its Afternoon Tea Week so come and celebrate with us!

If dinner is too far away and lunch has passed, but you still feel as if you need a treat for the day, then come and celebrate afternoon Tea Week with us.

Afternoon Tea Week taps into the British Tradition of afternoon tea to help bring a bit of elegance to anytime of the day.

How did Tea Week start?

Afternoon Tea Week was established to help secure a tradition that has graced British afternoons since the 1840’s and invented in Bedfordshire. In those days, dinner often wasn’t served until 8pm, and lunch wasn’t actually a thing. Traditionally this meal contains tiny finger sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream, and sweet dainties like cakes and pastries to help lift the spirits, bolster energy, and see you through the rest of the day. We even have a gents version!

How to celebrate Afternoon Tea Week

Celebrating Afternoon Tea Week is simple, for the length of a week make a pause for Afternoon Tea a part of your day.

Why not book our Whizzer’s afternoon tea or Shunter's Afternoon Tea and enjoy the real delights in the comfort of our wonderful Oak framed restaurant with river views. Visit our website to view our selection and book online.

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Gardeners Corner with Debbie and Jenny in August

Our Head Gardeners have been busy building mini beasts, creating new flower and vegetable beds and maintaining our Gardens.

They always try to showcase a range of crops, from fruits and vegetables to cereals and flowers, many of which we use in our Riverside Café.

Here’s a few summer tips to help keep the garden in tip top condition - what to do now!

  • Dead heading to promote further flowers
  • Take relevant for cuttings for propagation
  • Sow spring cabbages - oriental greens
  • Remove lower tomatoes leaves to help ripen
  • Keep picking your crops

What's looking good now in our garden

  • Tomatoes - 12 varieties including several heritage - have you seen our black tomatoes
  • Large non edible Oregano, which are attracting lots of bees and butterflies!
  • Flower of the year - Zinnia in our small cut flower bed
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Come and join us for an evening of food and music and choose from a range of starters, mains and desserts all set to tantalise your tastebuds.

Becky Phillips will perform a range of well known classics mixed in with a sprinkle of humour.

Please reserve your table by emailing or call us on 01767 603940. You can also leave your contact details on an online booking form that can be reached through this link.

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